The '''Iowa Department of Education''' sets the standards for all public institutions of education and accredits private as well as public schools. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa|Des Moines
[[http://www.iowa.gov/educate/ Home page]. Iowa Department of Education. Retrieved on August 31, 2009.]
Iowa is one of three states, that opted to continue to buy ground meat containing pink slime|finely textured beef
as an additive for its school lunches in 2012.
[[http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504763_162-57447621-10391704/most-schools-opt-out-of-pink-slime-in-lunches-usda-says/ Most schools opt out of "pink slime" in lunches, USDA says], ''CBS News'', June 5, 2012, June 9, 2012 access date]